Tuesday 8 July 2014 

Video - Cook, Dhoni Look Ahead To Opening Test

Watch a series of videos as Alastair Cook and MS Dhoni, captains of England and India respectively, look ahead to the first Test between their two sides, which begins tomorrow at Trent Bridge.

Back in 2011 when India last toured, England won the series 4-0 to go to the top of the Test rankings, but times have changed.

Both sides are in a transition phase - India coming to terms with playing without the influence of Sachin Tendulkar and England without Kevin Pietersen and Graeme Swann.

Cook talks about the difficult decision on whether or not to recall Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes.

"You've got a guy who's been out injured, he's come back and got 10 wickets for Durham," he said.

"In his previous record for those four Test matches in a tough situation in Australia, he was the stand-out player. So, and then you've got other people who've done well in his absence, that's a great place to be."

One selection he does not expect to be making, however, is to be giving Jos Buttler his first Test cap as he is confident wicket-keeper Matt Prior will be fit to play.

"You know, we're 99 percent certain that he'll be fine, of course we'll have a little check in the morning just to make sure, but all things at the moment, they look pretty good."

And while Cook is under pressure due to a lack of runs and a recent series defeat against Sri Lanka, he says he is ready to lead from the front.

"I scored some runs for Essex at the beginning of the season and I haven't managed to transform that into runs for England.

"I know how important it is at the top of the order to do that, and I'm desperately keen to lead from the front and score some runs."

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Few such worries for Dhoni, who was rested from India's most recent series, in Bangladesh. Here, he talks about his side's bowling resources as well as the importance of being a little lucky as the series goes on.

Nevertheless, India still have a poor record away from home and asked about it, as he often is, Dhoni stresses the importance of the processes they are putting in place to try to win every time they play.

"It's a process, you know, more than the result I always say that it's the process that's more important than the result," he said.

"It's a question that gets asked every time in a press conference so there's nothing new about it - what's important for us is to take the team forward, give them the right kind of guidance so that they get the right kind of exposure to do well outside of India."

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Fixtures & Results

9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, London
India 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
England 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
England 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, London
England 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs